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Sunday Mar 22 2020
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Pakistan records fourth coronavirus death, nationwide tally of confirmed cases at 761

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Adviser to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister on Information Ajmal Wazir announced the country’s fourth death from the novel coronavirus on Sunday.

While speaking to reporters, Wazir said that the test results of a woman who had arrived from Taftan and shifted to Dera Ismail Khan had come as positive today, making it the province's third coronavirus related death. 

Wazir in the presser also said the provincial tally of confirmed cases in the province was still at 31.

On Friday, Pakistan had recorded its third death from the coronavirus and also the first in Sindh.

Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho had confirmed the death of a 77-year-old COVID-19 patient in the province.

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The minister had said the patient was a cancer survivor and had diabetes and hypertension when he contracted the virus. She added that the patient did not have any travel or contact history, meaning they contracted the virus from the community.

Earlier this week, two patients from KP who tested positive for the coronavirus had died, officials said. However, both had a travel history in countries that have been hit by the outbreak. The patient from Sindh who passed away on Friday was the first death from the local transmission of the virus.

Confirmed cases

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pakistan rose to 761 on Sunday after new cases were reported throughout the country.

Sindh remains the worst affected with a total of 333 cases. Part of the surge was attributed to 89 new patients who tested positive for the virus in Sukkur on Saturday, the provincial health department said. In Karachi alone, the tally hit 123 (including one death and three recoveries) of which 77 were said to be cases of "local transmission".

Eighteen new cases of the virus emerged in Karachi and 23 cases were confirmed in Sukkur among pilgrims who had arrived from Taftan, on Sunday.

In Punjab, according to Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar, there are 222 coronavirus cases so far. 

According to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department, the number of cases in the province stands at 31 after four new patients were reported. In Gilgit-Baltistan, the total number of cases rose to 55 from the previous total of 30, after 25 new cases were reported in the region.

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According to the chief minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, the appointment of information department secretary Fida Hussain has especially been made and he will be the region's only verified source for information pertaining to coronavirus patients.

The Balochistan chief secretary had reported yesterday that the confirmed number of cases in the province had reached 104, whereas the premier's aide on health, Dr Zafar Mirza had put the total at 103.

Globally, 185 countries have been affected, more than 12,000 people have died and more than 300,000 infected by the disease as it spreads rapidly to new territories. The epicentre of the outbreak has now shifted to Europe, especially Italy, which is recording a rapid rise in new cases and deaths every day.